Anyone who has been involved in the plant production industry in NZ for any length of time will realise that a certain commonality exists throughout the trade.
The average age of industry personnel has crept upwards due to the lack of significant numbers of young new blood coming in.
Lyndale is no different as its average age of employees (yes, I am on the payroll and not helping the average) has crept up.
This has usually been an OK thing as stability and experience are significant benefits to any business.
However, when certain milestones are met it is inevitable that people leave and a transition in knowledge, experience and vitality occurs.
Lyndale has just farewelled three senior members of its staff, one from our management team.
Denise Ellis has been with Lyndale for some 14 years and has made a significant contribution as our Despatch Manager.
Short in stature but endowed with lofty vocal cords, Denise managed a team that excelled in continuing to deliver the high quality plant standards that has become a hallmark synonymous with Lyndale.
Behind the scenes we had a team of propagators dedicated to plants that we produced by division.
Led by Peter Lees, a respected horticultural professional whose CV included Model Nurseries, Topline Nurseries, IHE (International Horticultural Enterprise), Northshore Nurseries and Lyndale; this team of two had an average age of 78 and that's just the New Zealand part of the career.
The other half of the equation being Mike Whittaker who was the owner of the local butchery until he retired from that career to follow a life-long desire to get involved with plant production.
Mike joined the Lyndale Team in 2001, some 16 and a bit years ago.